It's good news for pet owners in Warner Robins. The city officially opened its first public dog park as part of the Wellston Park grand opening Thursday.

Wellston Dog Park rules

Jacob Reynolds was there and has all the rules you need to know so you and your four-legged friend can enjoy the park.

Warner Robins recreation has gone to the dogs, or at least the portion of Olympia Drive off Watson Boulevard.

The park opened to a lot of fanfare, and barking.

One of the park's first visitors, Katherine Singletary, liked what she saw.

“I absolutely love this park; we have needed this for quite some time now. A place for the dogs to meet and have play dates, and so we needed something in the community to bring us together,” Singletary said while holding her Deer Chihuahua, Twix.

The dog park is split into two sections for big and small dogs. It also features agility equipment so the four-legged visitors can get some exercise.

You have to be at least 16-years-old to bring your pup to the park, otherwise you'll need an adult. Dogs also need to have up-to-date vaccination tags.

All owners must clean up after dogs as well.

The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Paul Collins says it's an easier trip for him and his rescue Lola.

“Oh yeah very excited, because the nearest one I had gone to previously was on the base so it was a bit of a drive and the other nearest one was in Macon,” Collins said.

And Lola was already having a tail-wagging good time.

“They did a good job. It's tax payer money well spent, and it fills a need,” Collins said before leaving on Thursday.

The dog park will close early the first and third Monday of each month at one in the afternoon for maintenance. Otherwise, it's open all day for the dogs.

Wellston Park also has a paved walking trail around one-mile-long and a grassy area for families to enjoy. The 116th Air Control Wing of the Georgia National Guard, stationed at Robins, spent roughly 400 man-hours paving the path.

On Thursday, Wellston Trees and Greens’ Art Howard and Jim Taylor thanked city and Houston County officials, as well as public and private contributors for their help opening the park.

Georgia Rolling Thunder Georgia Chapter III also dedicated a POW/MIA flag at the park.

The Robins Regional Chamber hosted the grand opening on Thursday.